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Manchester businesses awarded at inaugural high growth symposium

The GM High Growth Network celebrated the success of the programme’s alumni

Ryan Mohieddin from Forest Sofa is presented with the Outstanding Achievement and Highest Growth Award

Ryan Mohieddin from Forest Sofa is presented with the Outstanding Achievement and Highest Growth Award

Businesses from across Greater Manchester came together at Emirates Old Trafford on July 19, to celebrate their achievements at the Resilience for Sustainable High Growth Symposium and Awards.

The awards recognised the success of businesses who had completed the Greater Manchester High Growth Network programme, which is delivered by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Centre for Enterprise.

Five awards were presented including the “Inspirational Leadership Award” which was handed to Mylo Kaye, Non-Executive Chairman of mobile app developer Dreamr.

Andy Young and Oliver Taylor from Black Milk secured the “Transformation Award” whilst Tony Millar from Great Grounds picked up the “Innovation Award” with his approach to outdoors careers education.

Ryan Mohieddin from Forest Sofa in Salford was awarded for “Outstanding Achievement and Highest Growth” whilst Gavin Brown, Senior Lecturer in Economics at Manchester Metropolitan, secured the “Best Coach Award”.

Speaking about his experience on the course, Mylo said: “I always anticipated that every day I attended the course I would come back with lots of ideas. This happened every time.

“Having that environment where people can speak honestly is great to build you, as a person, and seeing all the different companies on the course, at different stages was actually quite revitalising.”

The Greater Manchester High Growth Network Project is funded by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund and provides a programme of five knowledge workshops, peer growth group sessions and action planning for growth over 12 weeks.

Whether a business’s ultimate goal is increased revenue, greater staff recruitment and retention, or a desire for embedding leadership, the Growth Network can help support those ambitions.

Tony Ayin, Enterprise Fellow, at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Centre for Enterprise, added:  “The High Growth Network has provided invaluable support to a wide range of small and medium businesses. It was fantastic to come together to share the successes, network and also be informed of how to be even more resilient in the face of more sustainability challenges ahead.”

To find out more about the Greater Manchester High Growth Network, and to register your interest, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/business/sme-support/greater-manchester-high-growth-network

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